Having plowed through Ms. Leigh's contemporary Christian romances, I decided to pick up a couple of her historical romances to see if they lived up to expectations. I chose Lady at Arms, a clean rewrite of Warrior Bride (1994), and The Unveiling, one of her newer stories (2012). Those two stories are somewhat similar in many respects, but The Unveiling is far and away the better of the two in my opinion. (I would still give Lady at Arms three stars, and if you started there, I believe you would enjoy The Unveiling that much more.)
I just have to add that I love
this cover. It captures the
romance without being what I
call a "clinch cover." I believe it
was done by @ravven.
While you have to somewhat suspend disbelief to believe that the heroine couldtrain for weeks with a group of men without being "unveiled"—and that she could keep up despite being a little slip of a thing—lovers of romance novels are pretty accustomed to giving the author a little bit of the benefit of the doubt. It did not take away from my enjoyment of the story. For you realists out there who must have all the details, you'll be happy to know that the heroine comments that she has to finish her task (killing the hero) before her menses starts.
I also thought the layering of the Christian themes was much better done than some of the other Christian medieval romances I've read recently. One of my pet peeves is when authors make medieval religions sound more like a more modern version of Christianity. This story has some customs and traditions that felt more real to me—although I wouldn't really know because this is not my typical time period. But, the theme—vengeance belongs to God—fits harshness of the medieval age well.
All in all, it was a fun read, and I am looking forward to reading some of the other books in the series.